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Friday, 23 June 2017

The government of Spain has strengthened its cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through a renewed commitment to support the operations of CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti (CROH) and the work of the Community in Haiti. This funding, directed through the Spanish government’s cooperation arm, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), will support the administrative operations and programme activities to undertaken by the CROH from October to December 2011.

The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, this week presented the 'Agenda for Change' of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding.

The Namibian government is furious after a hush-hush decision by the European Union (EU) to close its duty- and quota-free markets to Namibian beef, fish and grapes by 2014 unless the country signs a controversial trade pact.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Education, health, agriculture, SME support, forests, climate and social accommodation – 19 projects in these sectors in Africa, Columbia, Indonesia and Turkey will receive one billion EUR, decided the administrative council of the French development agency (AFD) on 29 September. Finance will be attributed in the form of loans, endowment or subsidies and will be allocated to Mauretania, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroun, Central Africa and South Africa among others.

“The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission. “The main victims are developing world farmers, who are crowded out of their own markets by subsidized western produce. The EU has opened its doors to developing world exports, but this is worth nothing if small-holders in the South cannot sell staple crops on their home markets,” Mr. De Schutter underlined.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The final figures for the budget 2012, as amended by the Budgets Committee, are now available. These are the results of two days of negotiations and voting and are to be used as Parliament's position in its negotiations with EU Member States. In general, MEPs sought to restore the draft budget proposed by the Commission, after cuts by the Council in July. The budget position of the Committee implies an increase in payments of 5,23% as compared to this year's budget and an increase of commitments of 3,95%.

Monday, 10 October 2011

European Parliament
-10-13 October: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
-12/13 October: Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Brussels
Council of Ministers
-10/11 October: Foreign Affairs Council
-11 October : General Affairs Council
European Commission
-12 October: Weekly meeting of the college

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Joseph Alcamo is the Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). During our interview at a food security conference organised by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Alcamo talks about the untapped potential of fisheries and the possibilities of achieving food security and environmental protection. At the same conference, we also had the opportunity to speak to Monty P. Jones from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and Co-winner of the 2004 World Food Prize, as well as Paulo Gouveia, director of the General Affairs Department at Copa-Cogeca, the European farmers' representation in Brussels.

The European Union anticipates that the Economic Partnership Agreements could be inked before the end of this year if the EAC states are focused and maintain active engagement throughout the remaining time.

Mr Harvey Rouse, the head of trade section at the European Union delegation to Uganda said, “We are hopeful that if EAC takes active engagement in the remaining few months, we will deliver the required results before the end of the year as the European Commission mandate to negotiate EPAs runs out at the end of this year.”

Friday, 07 October 2011

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific island countries and the European Union (EU) does not focus on sugar and fisheries alone. Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade acting permanent secretary, Shaheen Ali says the agreement provides room for the trade of other products. “This is what the Interim EPA is about; it’s to look at non-traditional exports so we can build on exporting non-traditional products to EU,” Ali said.